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Meaning of NICKEL

Pronunciation:  'nikul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a United States coin worth one twentieth of a dollar
  2. [n]  a hard malleable ductile silvery metallic element that is resistant to corrosion; used in alloys; occurs in pentlandite and smaltite and garnierite and millerite
  3. [adj]  priced at 5 cents; "I can still remember when a nickel ice-cream cone cost only 10 cents"
  4. [adj]  costing 5 dollars; slang for the price of unlawful drugs; "a nickel bag"
  5. [v]  plate with nickel; "nickel the plate"

NICKEL is a 6 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: atomic number 28, Ni, priced
 See Also: coin, garnierite, metal, metallic element, millerite, pentlandite, plate, smaltite



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Nick"el\, n. [G., fr. Sw. nickel, abbrev. from Sw.
kopparnickel copper-nickel, a name given in derision, as it
was thought to be a base ore of copper. The origin of the
second part of the word is uncertain. Cf. {Kupfer-nickel},
1. (Chem.) A bright silver-white metallic element. It is of
   the iron group, and is hard, malleable, and ductile. It
   occurs combined with sulphur in millerite, with arsenic in
   the mineral niccolite, and with arsenic and sulphur in
   nickel glance. Symbol Ni. Atomic weight 58.6.

Note: On account of its permanence in air and inertness to
      oxidation, it is used in the smaller coins, for plating
      iron, brass, etc., for chemical apparatus, and in
      certain alloys, as german silver. It is magnetic, and
      is very frequently accompanied by cobalt, both being
      found in meteoric iron.

2. A small coin made of or containing nickel; esp., a
   five-cent piece. [Colloq. U.S.]

{Nickel silver}, an alloy of nickel, copper, and zinc; --
   usually called {german silver}; called also {argentan}.

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